SUPPORT and RESEARCH

We fund projects which we feel satisfy the remit of the fund to improve eye care in developing countries. We have awarded funding to individual eye doctors, some of whom visit small clinics in remote places where eyecare is limited, some engaged in research to improve eyecare. Read their very interesting reports below.

Thai/Myanmar Border 2019

Dr Lai-Yeung Ngai, Dr Simon Hewick
This is the continuation of the work of Dr Frank Green and Goong Nadek (Nurse Practitioner) at Mae Sot in Thailand. We aim to establish a sustainable eye service for the migrant communities along the border, train Goong Nadek in cataract surgery and other procedures and provide eye surgery to those in need who currently have poor access to services.

Tanzania 2019

Dr Frederick Burgess
In November 2019 I travelled to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, thanks to funding from Fiona's Eye Fund. I spent a week at the ophthalmology department of Muhimbii National hospital,  joining a study which plans to look at biochemical markers, genetic, and lifestyle related aspects.  This study is geared towards clinical exposure to disease in Dar es Salaam. 

Botswana 2017

Ian McCormick
The project was ‘A Review of Spectacle Compliance and its Determinants in a School Vision Screening pilot  .... I followed up 193 children across 19 schools, ..  aim to roll out school vision screening to other regions next year. This will provide all schoolchildren with access to eye care in a country where human resource shortages mean most would otherwise go without.

 

Thai/Burma border 2017

Dr Simon Hewick and Dr Lai-Yeung Ngai

We witnessed and experienced firsthand the practicalities of performing ‘high volume’ surgery, in basic but optimized conditions, and saw how it was eminently possible to set-up a cataract operating unit in basic set-up whilst still maintaining high standards of care. We were truly inspired by this trip. 

Malawi 2016

Dr Aaron Jamison

I travelled to the LSFEH to help deliver the 6th annual paediatric ophthalmology training course….We hope to publish this data so that we can offer outsiders a window into the working life of a paediatric ophthalmology service providing cataract surgery in Africa.

Thai/Burma border 2016

Dr Lai-Yeung Ngai

The new Mae Tao clinic is in Mae Sot, Thailand on the border with Myanmar (Burma) and aims to provide much needed medical care to the marginalized Burmese refugees living at a number of camps along the border.

Egypt 2016

Dr Mahmoud Radwan

The aim of this trip was to help the local community in Aswan in management of glaucoma in both adults and children as we know that glaucoma is more aggressive in Africa than in Europe ….. I had the opportunity to perform a large variety of ophthalmological procedures and gain experience from the team

Malawi 2014

Dr Laura Butler

I travelled to Blantyre in Malawi to carry out a validation study of a newly developed digital tablet based Vernier acuity test designed for children. .. The testing of infant acuity is extremely important in identifying children who need intervention to correct their vision at an early stage in order to avoid the devastating consequences of amblyopia and potential blindness in the affected eye.

Tanzania 2014

Laura Todd (Orthoptic Support worker)

I was part of the Rotary/NHS Fife team which travelled to Patandi college in Arusha, northern Tanzania to teach tutors visual screening, albinism awareness and low vision rehabilitation..........    Over the course of the visit we tested over 125 children, the majority affected by albinism..

Malawi 2013

Dr Rishi Sharma

The Kamuzu Central Hospital is the main government run medical facility in Malawi’s capital.  There are estimates of 2.5 to 3 million people living in Lilongwe and this facility is the only one to provide eye care for them. Malawi has a diabetic incidence of nearly 5% and as there are no screening or early intervention programmes available, a considerable proportion have significant diabetic retinopathy.  

Thai/Burma 2012

Dr Kurt Spiteri Cornish

This clinic provides care for Burmese who cross  into Thailand for health care not available in Burma.  Mr. Frank Green, until last year a consultant ophthalmologist at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, started the project 22 years ago. In the first week we performed surgery on 64 ..  On Sunday we travelled hundreds of miles to one of the eye camps in the southern part of the border.... we operated on 27 patients. 

Indonesia 2012

Dr Zia Carrim

A unique opportunity came up for me to join the ORBIS team as an Associate Ophthalmologist. This relatively new role allows a trainee ophthalmologist to join the ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital (FEH) team for a short period of time to gain first-hand experience of working in a partnership programme. I had the privilege of joining the FEH on its second visit to Surabaya, Indonesia in March 2012.

Benin 2012

Dr Lik Tai Lim

Hospital St Andre De Tinre. I decided to experience for myself the set up of a rural eye hospital.. The accommodation is very basic, with bed and mosquito nettings, electricity encountering regular power cuts,  and clean water pumped up from the underground water supply. Patients come from near and far, some having to travel hundreds of miles to get there. Some patients even have to sleep under mango trees.

Swaziland 2011

Dr Conrad Schmoll

The greatest privilege that a doctor has is to offer skills and expertise to people in need.  This trip was good exposure  to a wide range of advanced pathology not commonly seen in the UK: CMV retinitis, ocular cysticercosis, toxoplasma retinitis, Eale’s disease, dense cataracts and advanced glaucoma. There were also opportunities to perform a large variety of other ophthalmological procedures.

Nigeria 2010

Dr Rosie Brennan

Thanks to the trustees of the Fiona's Eye Fund for supporting my attendance at the Kenya Retinoblastoma strategy group meeting in September for our project aiming to improve outcomes for children in Kano, Nigeria with sight problems. 

Malawi 2010

Dr Shyamanga Boorah

My main aims during this trip were to help strengthen the links between Scotland and Malawi and to learn the sutureless extracapsular cataract extraction technique.. I saw approx 6 post ops, 12 review patients and 12 new patients every morning ...

Tanzania 2010

Dr Taha Ahmed

It was a privilege to receive a grant from Fiona's Eye Fund towards my trip to Dar Al Salam... I performed 38 cases during my 2-week visit, the majority of which were cataracts, the commonest cause of blindness in Africa. Words cannot express how rewarding the visit was. 

Tanzania 2009

Dr Fook Chang Lam

I was privileged to have the chance of working at (CCBRT) disability hospital in Dar es Salaam. Each day children of all ages and adults present at CCBRT from across Tanzania, some having travelled for days. This visit has exposed to me to the challenges that healthcare professionals in Africa face in challenging socioeconomic circumstances and an underdeveloped national infrastructure.

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